New methods being used to create unrest in J-K: Army chief

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:53 IST

Indian security forces should be prepared for short wars as the border with Pakistan has seen frequent ceasefire violations, Indian Army chief Dalbir Singh said on Tuesday, adding that new methods were being used to create unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.

"(Because of) the frequent ceasefire violations and infiltration bids by our western neighbor, the borders remain live and active. New methods continue to be employed to create unrest in J-K. We are acutely aware that the swift, short nature of future wars are likely to offer limited warning time - this calls for maintaining very high levels of operational preparedness at all times," Singh said at an event in Delhi.

Speaking at the same event, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said the country's security environment was complex. "The security environment today is complex... (We) need to be vigilant all the time," Parrikar said at a tri-services seminar to commemorate the 1965 India-Pakistan war.

Parrikar said Pakistan paid for its "misadventure" in 1965, and said India clearly won that war although skeptics called it a draw. India is commemorating 50 years of the war.

There have been 55 ceasefire violations from the Pakistan side in August and more than 240 such incidents this year.

In the worst such incident in two weeks, three civilians were killed and nine injured when Pakistani military resorted to indiscriminate shelling on the Jammu and Kashmir border on Friday. It was the worst violation of the 2003 ceasefire on the Jammu and Kashmir border since August 15 — India's Independence Day — when Pakistani firing and shelling killed six civilians on the Indian side.

Pakistan claimed that six civilians were killed when Indian troopers opened fire and shelled on the international border.

National security adviser-level talks between India and Pakistan were recently cancelled amid disagreements over the agenda. India said attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists must be discussed but Pakistan insisted it would raise the Kashmir issue during the talks.

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